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bobbain's "mindmap" [May. 29th, 2004|02:45 pm]
Bob Bain

Connecticut - A Portal clicks into another MindMap!New Jersey - A Portal clicks into another MindMap!Sydney, NSW, Australia

Oh well.... :-)

[User Picture]From: acelightning
2004-05-28 11:53 pm (UTC)
it's a map of the people on your friends list, with the font size weighted by the number of interactions between you and the other person. if you also interact with friends of friends, etc., they will show up on your map. but looking at your user info, i see that you only have two people on your friends list, elsibeth and me. that's the only reason there aren't any other names on your map.
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[User Picture]From: bobbain
2004-05-29 01:41 am (UTC)
Indeed I only have two LJ friends but I do respond to people on your friends list either due to the fact they are found on your friends list or because they are olde olde LTUAE people (e.g. boodie, ricky, az and den) and also reply to some who filter (or otherwise) my responses such that they sometimes don't appear.

If the mindmap does responses to friends of friends then it is not showing that. I have a few responses (not many) from ricky, boodie and az. Den never responds...

Dunno. I put my political and censorship related material in another LJ and I have no friends there :-)
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[User Picture]From: elsibeth
2004-05-29 07:01 am (UTC)
I feel honored to be one of your two friends. (Hug) I never realized.

I wonder though why you haven't added more since you know so many others . .
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[User Picture]From: acelightning
2004-05-29 12:21 pm (UTC)
i agree with elsibeth. bobb, why not add more people to your "friends" list? all this means is that their latest postings to their own LJs will show up on your "friends" page, which is just an easy way of keeping track of the journals you like to read. ("friends" is really a bad name for it, and i understand that the folks at LJ are working on a less misleading terminology.)
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[User Picture]From: bobbain
2004-05-29 10:05 pm (UTC)
The consideration of friends on my LiveJournal was something I considered in my first posting to this LiveJournal making reference to the "Oxford Book of Friendship".


This book was purchased in April 1994 shortly after a solicitor (Jonathon Anton) stated on a ferry trip between the Downing Centre here in New South Wales and Neutral Bay that "Mate you are about to discover whom your friends really are.."

The words ring true to this day for not only were my friends those whom I considered to be anything but, but my enemies proved to be those whom I considered friends.

Those whom I considered "friends" were the deadliest of enemies it is possible to imagine while my enemies proved to be the most tolerant and considerate one could imagine.

I don't add friends lightly.
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[User Picture]From: bobbain
2004-05-29 10:16 pm (UTC)
I am likewise honoured :-)

Be upon your guard against those who, upon very slight acquaintance, obtrude their unasked and unmerited friendship and confidence upon you; for they probably cram you with them only for their own eating; but, at the same time, do not roughly reject them upon that general supposition. Examine further, and see whether those unexpected offers flow from a warm heart and a silly head, or from a designing head and a cold heart; for knavery and folly have often the same symptoms. In the first case, there is no danger in accepting them, valeant quantum valere possunt. In the latter case, it may be useful to seem to accept them, and artfully to turn the battery upon him who raised it.

Lord Chesterfield, letter to his son, 19 December 1749
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[User Picture]From: acelightning
2004-05-29 11:58 pm (UTC)
the point, though, is that LiveJournal's "friends" lists have nothing whatsoever to do with "friendship" in any of its usual definitions. i have 52 names listed as "friends", of whom 25 are various space probes (of course, in reality they are aerospace engineers or the like, pretending to be space probes), two are artists who draw web comics and use their LJs to disseminate news about their comics, one is ricky's cat Thomas (ricky used to be known as bek), one is a psychotic alien robot, and one is the LiveJournal system status report. and only some of the above are people (or beings) i would refer to as my "friends". there are also twenty people who have me on their lists, but i do not have them on mine. all the lists mean is that these are people whose journals the user is interested in reading - not even necessarily commenting upon, just reading.
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